Throughout the Coronavirus pandemic, Leicestershire Cares’ leaving care team has been working closely with the care-experienced young people we support to help them share their experiences of social distancing and the national lockdown.

The videos and podcasts produced by our Voices project has received local and national attention. On Wednesday 15 April, BBC East Midlands Today interviewed Casey, one of the CEYP on our Voices project, and Jacob, our Voices Development Officer, to explore how care leavers are coping with the lockdown.

This was an important opportunity to have the voices of care experienced people heard and raise awareness of how challenging the current situation is for young people without the family support networks many take for granted. These young people are showing great resilience in the face of adversity, and Casey described how difficult it can be to stay positive in the current situation.

On 12 April, Casey was also interviewed by Ashley John-Baptiste, a BBC journalist who is also care experienced, alongside Diana, another care experienced young person that Leicestershire Cares supports, to talk about the challenges they are facing during the national lockdown. Watch their conversation with Ashley.

Leicestershire Cares continues to support care experienced young people, offering a range of online and remote support including mental health and wellbeing, employability and social activities. We will also continue to create opportunities for care experienced young people to connect with each other and share their experiences during the coronavirus pandemic.

For more information about our Voices project contact:
jacob@leicestershirecares.co.uk

Find out how we work with care-experienced young people. For advice on dealing with isolation during the COVID-19 lockdown, visit our coronavirus page. This blog was originally published at Leicestershirecares.co.uk.

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